Biography of Webb Littlefield

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Webb Littlefield, treasurer of the Guaranty Trust. Company of Muskogee, was born March 12; 1884, in Knobnoster, Missouri, a son of Charles B. and Theodosia (Webb) Littlefield, who were at one time residents of Kentucky and afterward established their home in Johnson county, Missouri.

The father engaged in banking in Missouri for thirty years and in 1906 came to the Indian Territory, settling at Claremore.

Webb Littlefield pursued a public school education in Missouri and afterward attended the Teachers’ College at Warrensburg, that state. He started out in the business world as a clerk in the employ of the National Bank of Commerce of Kansas City, Missouri, and there spent four years. He was afterward connected with the Peoples National Bank at Warrensburg, Missouri, in the capacity of bookkeeper for three years and in 1906 he organized the Littlefield Loan & Investment Company at Claremore. In this undertaking he was in partnership with his father and the business was continued by Webb Littlefield until December, 1919, when he retired from the company. On the 4th of January, 1920, he moved to Muskogee and assisted in the organization of the Guaranty Trust Company, which was incorporated on the 27th of May of the same year. Since that time he has been closely and prominently associated with the financial interests of Muskogee. The business was capitalized for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars fully paid in. The success of the undertaking is indicated by the fact that the company now has surplus and undivided profits amounting to nearly thirteen thousand dollars, while its trust funds and certificates amount to two hundred and thirty-four thousand, nine hundred and twenty dollars. The statement of the condition of the Guaranty trust Company’ shows a steady and substantial growth and indicates the splendid business ability of its officers. The company represents the American Surety Company as agent in the writing of bonds and also writes fire, automobile and plate glass insurance. It keeps on deposit with the state treasurer at Oklahoma City, fifty thousand dollars in United States Liberty bonds as a guarantee of safety to all patrons and is permitted to act as guardian, executor, administrator, receiver and trustee.

It’s abstract and title department is recognized as one of the most complete and efficient in the state. A photograph is taken each day of every instrument that is filed for record in Muskogee county, making it easy to detect forgery and thus preventing a great deal of fraud and forgery that formerly took place. While treasurer of the Guaranty Trust Company, Mr. Littlefield is also secretary, treasurer and manager of the trust department.

On the 12th of July, 1911, Mr. Littlefield was united in marriage to Miss Elmira Grover Gilkerson of Warrensburg, Missouri, and they are parents of a daughter, Nettie Katherine. Mr. Littlefield belongs to the Masonic fraternity. He has become a Royal Arch and Consistory Mason and he is also identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is today regarded as one of the foremost representative business men of the city, having made for himself a most creditable place in financial circles.

MLA Source Citation:

Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922. Web. 1 February 2015. - Last updated on Feb 2nd, 2012

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